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About rhelm1953

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    Hillsboro Oregon
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    Old Cars, Motorcycles, Golf, Home remodeling
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    1950 Plymouth Special deluxe<br />
    1939 Plymouth Pickup


  • Location
    Hillsboro OR
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    hot rods, golf, woodworking

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  1. rhelm1953

    1951 Meadowbrook Rebuild

    Back in the day I refreshed the engine or more than one old beater with just rings and bearings using a hone and plastigage. You won't know until you pull the head, if the ring ridge at the top of the cylinder is minor then you can probably reuse the old pistons, hone the cylinders and drop in new rings. It won't be the same as a rebuild but can get you another 20,000 to 30,000 miles. On a lightly used hobby car that might be enough. If you have broken pistons and the cylinders are rough shape then you are in for more work. Pull the head, take a look and decide what you want from the car/engine and proceed accordingly.
  2. rhelm1953

    readjusted timing and carbs.

    love that six cylinder rap!
  3. rhelm1953

    1949 Plymouth Super Deluxe 4dr Sedan Parts

    I'm surprised no one mentioned the visor... I would save the bumpers, stainless trim and any chrome parts that are not too pitted, also small engine parts that could be used for cores. I personally would be interested in the bumpers, door handles and carburetor if we can work out shipping to OR that's not too expensive. Send me a PM so we can chat.
  4. rhelm1953

    1954 Plymouth Suburban Project

    The oil pressure, fuel pump interlock is a good safety feature, my 86 Nissan pickup is set up that way from the factory. You will want to use a relay for the fuel pump so the oil pressure switch operates the relay and relay carries the current load for the fuel pump. You will also want some sort of over ride so you can prime the carburetor when the engine is not running.
  5. rhelm1953

    53 Chrysler More Door

    To answer your question on sanding the clearcoat. The car looks like it is metallic blue and silver, with the metallic paints there is no way to sand the clearcoat and save the base, as soon as you touch the base with sandpaper you will change the reflective properties and the color will be blotchy once you clear it. This is probably in truth a plus, I believe the car will be worth more with a repaint is a stock color, no hot rodder wants 4-door Chrysler and no collector wants a bad flame job. It looks like a solid car and if you have to sand it all for the peeling clearcoat then a fresh basecoat in a proper color is a minor part of the total cost and will increase the value of the car.
  6. A 230 cubic inch flathead is about 3.6L, I would be looking at imports with 1200cc to 1600cc and see what they are using for carburetors. I have an 86 Nissan truck for my daily driver and it has a Hitachi 2bbl carb. The Hitachi is junk but you can look on line to find weber conversions for the 1600cc engine. I think three of those webers would get you in the ballpark for the correct cfm and jetting and the triple carb manifold will provide the most uniform fuel distribution.
  7. rhelm1953

    1/4" or 3/16" Brake Line?

    From the standpoint of brake performance the size of the line makes no difference. Use what ever was stock if you are restoring the brakes to stock, that will make finding the correct fittings easier.
  8. rhelm1953

    So whattya think of this--P18 with a /6

    Fargo makes a good point, all old cars are project cars, especially ones that have been modified. Take a good close look at the car, note what you like, note what you need to change for safety and what you want to change for aesthetics. Estimate the cost of your changes and make an offer on the car if it looks worth the effort to you. On the plus side you will have something you can drive an enjoy while you make your updates as long as the car is safe. If it does not look like it's worth the effort then walk away. On the plus side from the replies you got from this bunch of curmudgeons you know how the car will be received when you show up at your first show. :-)
  9. rhelm1953

    Fuel pressure

    I think Plymouthy has the right answer, My 50 Plymouth was leaking gas from the carburetor after the car was shut off, I checked the float level, it was too high, and after resetting the float level no more leakdown. Having said that an adjustable fuel pressure regulator is cheap insurance when swapping in an electric fuel pump. I had to go to an aftermarket electric pump for my 1986 Nissan truck and wasn't sure what the pressure setting was. I had some driveability problems until I installed an adjustable pressure regulator and set it to the specified pressure for the stock Nissan pump. No downside to installing the regulator, they are inexpensive and easy to install and then you know what pressure you are sending to the needle valve. But, also check the float level.
  10. rhelm1953

    48 Dodge - What happened to my threads?

    To remove the old stud you can support the back of the drum with a piece of 2" pipe that surrounds the head of the stud and then you can knock it out with your BFH without hurting the drum, penetrating oil and possibly heat will make it easier. If you are removing a stud you want to save then you are better off finding someone to press them out. To install the new stud, it will have a knurled shaft by the head of the stud, slide the stud through the hole in the drum as far as it will go and then add a greased stack of flat wafers about an inch thick over the stud. Install your lug nut upside down on the stud (flat side down) and as you tighten the nut against the greased stack of washers it will draw the stud into the hub until the head seats against the back of the drum. I did that repair on my 55 Chevy when I was 17 years old in the public library parking lot after an over zealous tire jockey over-tightened my lugnuts and four of the five studs snapped off while I was driving, all I needed was hand tools and a few well-chosen non-literary words to complete the job.
  11. Adam, What Car, Frame, front suspension are we looking at? At this stage of the build it looks pretty tidy.
  12. rhelm1953

    Cranbrook Stumbled Upon - Now What?

    In 2001 I purchased my 1939 Plymouth pickup for $1600. My wife said I could buy if I could find a place to store it because I couldn't bring it home until I was ready to work on it. I found a storage lot that would let me store an untitled and unlicensed vehicle. That was 2001, it's now 2018 the truck is still in the storage lot, I don't even want to think what I've paid in storage fess but it's at least 4X what I paid for the truck and I still have at least 2 projects in front of the truck before I can bring it home. Now my advice, if it's not your dream car you've always wanted and could never find, file away the farmers name and let him store it for free. Check back every year or so to see if the price has come down or when you are closer to being able to start the project. Chances are it will still be there in a couple years in the same condition it's in now. If it's not then there are other 51 Plymouths out there waiting for you. Rich H
  13. rhelm1953

    265 Engine Color opinions

    On a more serious technical note - will painting over sealing/mounting surfaces such as exhaust, intake, water pump, etc cause sealing problems? I copies some pictires from an old thread over a THE HAMB site and was wondering. Hope its ok with the OP that I borrowed these pictures. He might be on this site as well. I always make it a point to mask off the sealing surfaces, I honestly don't know if it makes a difference I just consider it the "right" way to paint an engine. After I clean the engine I also start with a good two part epoxy primer, epoxy has good adhesion and if the primer sticks the paint will to. I never considered beige/tan for an engine color but it looks like a nice choice. I always thought the stock silver was too easy to smudge and too hard to keep clean.
  14. rhelm1953

    I Can’t Help Falling In love...1951 Dodge

    "One trip I want to do is from where I live in Lethbridge, Alberta to Vancouver Island to visit dpollo, also on this thread, who has helped me with advice and lots of difficult to find parts. About 800 miles one way. " I like the thinking, ya gotta love old cars with bugs in their teeth!
  15. rhelm1953

    50 Coronet project

    Nice job, you are a better welder than I am! Although that may be a rather low bar... :-)

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